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Romance at Disneyland: Things for Couples to Do at the Happiest Place on Earth

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A romantic getaway at Disneyland? YES! Ditch the kids and celebrate your love at the Happiest Place on Earth. This list of the most romantic things to do at Disneyland is for couples celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, Valentine’s Day or any reason at all. 

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Disneyland romantic getaway tips

Minnie and Mickey would approve of these Disneyland romantic getaway tips! (Photo credit: VIAVAL, Depositphotos.com)

1. Get pinned on Main Street.

Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon at Disneyland? Start your day at City Hall near the entrance. There, you can pick up pins that announce your special event. Cast members and other guests will wish you well all day long!

The Travel Mama wearing anniversary pin at Disney California Adventure Park during a Disneyland romantic getaway

Sporting my “Happy Anniversary” pin at Disney California Adventure Park (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

2. Get your hearts pumping on thrill rides.

If you’re longing to get your hearts pumping during your Disneyland romantic getaway, then head straight to the thrill rides. At Disneyland Park, hold hands with your partner as you take off on Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain. Over at Disney California Adventure, you’ll want to queue up for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Incredicoaster, and Radiator Springs Racers. Want even more excitement? Take a look at the scariest rides at Disneyland.

Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Pose for a photo together at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The centerpiece of Disneyland is the oh-so-romantic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Pause here to take a couple’s selfie with the castle in the background. Better yet, ask a Disney PhotoPass cast member to snap your pic. They’ll happily take your photo with your smart phone, but you might want to purchase the professional option as well. After our couples vacation at Disneyland, I ordered a coffee mug featuring a photo of my husband and me hugging in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle as a reminder of our trip.

Sleeping Beauty Castle is the romantic centerpiece at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

You should also wander through Sleeping Beauty Castle’s winding passageways to see the fairytale of Princess Aurora as told through magical dioramas. Afterwards, be sure to stop at the pretty Snow White Grotto. This fountain is surrounded by a fanciful collection of white marble statues from Italy carved to look like the princess and her seven dwarf friends.

Snow White Grotto, a romantic place for couples at Disneyland

Snow White Grotto (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Shop for souvenirs of your Disney romantic getaway.

Visiting Disneyland without kids means you can shop without fielding pleas from children asking, “Can I get this? Can I get this?” But you’re a grown-up so the answer is yes, you can get this! When my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Disneyland, I snuck into a shop on Main Street and bought him a pair of Disney boxer shorts. Meanwhile, he surprised me with a Christmas ornament featuring Disney’s favorite couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. You could also purchase a pair of matching mouse ears or t-shirts. Come to the parks prepared by purchasing in advance your bride and groom goodies or other Disney-themed couple’s items.

Souvenir shopping at Disneyland

Souvenir shopping at Disneyland at Le Bat en Rouge  (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

In New Orleans Square, we popped into Crystal d’Orleans, where the shopkeeper was etching a name onto a glass mug. An older woman asked me which of two necklaces she should buy, the blue or purple. We learned that she and her husband celebrate their anniversary at Disneyland every year – this year was their 29th. When we told them it was our anniversary, too, the husband said, “May you always be as happy together as you are today.” 

Crystal d’Orleans in New Orleans Square in Disneyland

Crystal d’Orleans in New Orleans Square (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Cozy up on dark rides.

Snuggle with your sweetheart on dark rides. At Disney California Adventure, there’s Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue and, of course, the most romantic choice of all — The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. In Fantasyland at Disneyland Park, act like kids again aboard rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White’s Enchanted Wish (formerly Snow White’s Scary Adventures). Meanwhile, shooting marauders on Pirates of the Caribbean and “spooky” ghosts in the Haunted Mansion give couples an excuse to hold each other close. 

Snow White's Enchanted Wish ride at Disneyland

Snow White’s Enchanted Wish in Fantasyland (Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort)

6. Commemorate your love at Silhouette Studio.

Go to the Silhouette Studio on Main Street for a one-of-a-kind souvenir. A talented Disney cast member will cut a picture of you and your honey’s profiles in silhouette using nothing but scissors, black paper, and a bit of pixie dust. Portraits take just 60 seconds to make and are available for purchase in a picture frame. 

Silhouette Studio makes romantic souvenirs on Main Street at Disneyland

Silhouette Studio on Main Street (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. Travel back in time aboard Main Street Vehicles.

Slow down and take in the sweet scenery of Main Street USA aboard one of the Main Street Vehicles. Choices include a Jitney old-fashioned automobile without a roof, an old school Fire Engine, and an open-air two-story Omnibus. The most romantic option if you ask me, though, is the Horse-Drawn Street Car.

Horse-Drawn Street Car on Mainstreet USA

Horse-Drawn Street Car on Mainstreet USA (Photo credit: Siempreverde, Depositphotos.com)

8. Climb aboard the Disneyland Railroad.

What is it about trains that appeals to the romantic in all of us? I’m not sure, but Walt Disney definitely shared this fascination with trains. Take a break from the bustle with a 19-minute journey aboard the Disneyland Railroad. Catch the train at one of four stations: Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, or Tomorrowland. You can disembark at any of these stops or stay on board for a grand tour of the park. The best part is a “surprise” trek through the Grand Canyon and then the Primeval World, between Tomorrowland and Main Street. 

Disneyland Railroad at the Mainstreet USA Statio

Disneyland Railroad at the Mainstreet USA Station (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

9. Get a wine flight at Mendocino Wine Terrace.

Toast to your love with a glass of red, white, rosé or bubbly wine at Mendocino Wine Terrace at Disney California Adventure’s Pacific Wharf. To sample a few varietals, choose a wine flight. Pair your vino with an Italian Cold Cut Plate and the Mendocino Cheese Plate for an elegant theme park charcuterie snack.

Romantic wine and snacks at Mendocino Wine Terrace at Disney California Adventure

Wine and snacks at Mendocino Wine Terrace at Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

10. Watch a Broadway-caliber show.

Couples can watch a Broadway-caliber show at Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park. The nearly 2,000-seat theater features live musical performances of favorite Disney stories. Expect outstanding choreography, costumes, and special effects, as well as extremely talented artists. Past performances have included such offerings as Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen – Live.

Frozen - Live at the Hyperion

Frozen – Live at the Hyperion (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

11. Kiss at the top of Pixar-Pal-Around Ferris wheel.

Board the 150-foot-tall Pixar-Pal-Around Ferris wheel at Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure to take in sweeping views of the amusement park. Whether you choose a swinging or steady gondola, you’ll want to share a smooch with your sweetheart at the top.

Pixar-Pal-Around Ferris wheel at Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

Pixar-Pal-Around Ferris wheel at Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

12. Enjoy a romantic meal.

Dining at Disneyland isn’t just about churros and corndogs. You can find excellent upscale cuisine at this Anaheim amusement park, too. Outside the theme parks, book a meal at one of the restaurants in Downtown Disney, or look to dining options at the three Disney hotels. Be sure to make a reservation up to 60 days in advance for popular restaurants. 

Carthay Circle Restaurant

At Disney California Adventure, the swankiest choice is Carthay Circle Restaurant where couples can sip classic cocktails and dine on such offerings as filet mignon or sautéed shrimp with Manilla clams. 

The romantic Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Napa Rose

For a decadent meal you’ll long remember, book the multi-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at Napa Rose, located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. That’s just what my husband and I did during our Disneyland romantic getaway. From the amuse bouche of puréed cantaloupe and honeydew with crispy prosciutto, to the tempura lobster salad served atop a bed of greens with coconut lemongrass dressing, each dish was a celebration unto itself. 

Blue Bayou Restaurant

At Disneyland, the most romantic option is the Cajun/Creole-themed Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square. It’s set “under the stars” with a view of Pirates of the Caribbean boats sailing past. If you like to have an adult beverage with your meal, however, note that alcohol is not served within Disneyland Park besides at Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge and the exclusive Club 33.

Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square romantic restaurant at Disneyland

Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

13. Listen to live jazz in Downtown Disney.

Cuddle up and listen to some sultry jazz at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. In addition to serving delicious New Orleans Creole cuisine, this restaurant features live music performances by skilled musicians. 

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

14. Sip tropical cocktails at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Inspired by Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in Hawaii or the Caribbean at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. Appetizers are available if you get the munchies, but the real reason to come here is for the tropical rum cocktails. Choose from such festive libations as the HippopotoMai-Tai, Mosquito Mojito, or the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum. Teetotalers can get in on the fun with mocktails like the Skipper Sipper made with tropical Juices, agave nectar, Falernum, mint and fresh lime juice topped with soda water. Make-believe thunderstorms at this unique bar add to the allure.

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

15. Watch World of Color together.

The awesome light, water and fire-filled World of Color feels romantic indeed. Watch a rainbow of Disney scenes displayed on walls of shooting water, all set to songs familiar to any Disney fan. To view this nighttime spectacular, nab a Fastpass early in the day, choose from a number of packages for special World of Color seating, or join the crowds at Paradise Gardens Park in Disney California Adventure.

My favorite World of Color viewing spot is Lamplight Lounge. Arrive at least an hour before showtime to order snacks and drinks. Service concludes before the show starts, but your server will ask for your last call order.

World of Color Nighttime Spectacular at Disney California Adventure Theme Park

World of Color view from the Lamplight Lounge (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

16. Ooh and ahh at fireworks.

Top off a romantic day at Disneyland with the thrill of a fireworks display. Ooh and ahh at fireworks with your other half in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, along Main Street USA, between Central Plaza, or at the Main Street Train Station. Fireworks excite and cause the release dopamine (the pleasure hormone) in watchers, two key ingredients for a romantic getaway.

“Believe...In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular at Disneyland during the holidays

Fireworks display at Disneyland Park (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

17. Book a romantic hotel stay.

A romantic getaway at Disneyland deserves a dreamy hotel stay. Any of Disney’s three onsite hotels fits the bill with incredible swimming pools, attention to magical details, and impeccable customer service.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The most luxurious option is the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with its Craftsman styling, Tenaya Stone Spa, and grand lobby reminiscent of National Park lodges. It’s also the only accommodation option that offers direct entry for guests to one of the theme parks, California Adventure.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Christmas time

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa decked out for the holidays (Photo credit: Joshua Sudock/Disney Resorts)

Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel offers a classic Disney vibe for couples. For a bit of magic, look for darling light-up headboards that play “When You Wish Upon a Star” at the flick of a switch. For a truly opulent experience, book one of five Signature Suites at Disneyland Hotel.

Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Slide Pool

Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Slide Pool (Photo credit: Disney)

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Meanwhile, the California beach-themed Paradise Pier Hotel is only a slightly longer walk from the theme parks but is typically the most affordable of the three. Plus, from Paradise Pier Hotel’s third floor pool area, couples can watch fireworks accompanied by the theme park’s soundtrack.

Want more options? Take a look at the 10 most romantic hotels near Disneyland. And, lounging poolside with your partner is a romantic way to spend the day, especially at one of these Disney hotels with the best swimming pools.

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel for a beach-themed Disneyland romantic getaway

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (Photo credit: Disneyland Resort)

Why plan a Disneyland romantic getaway?

Disneyland is the perfect place for children. Why, then, should you choose Disney for a romantic getaway? Because sometimes it’s nice to enjoy Disney rides, eat an uninterrupted meal in a nice restaurant, and do whatever makes YOU and your partner happy, without worrying about bed times and potty breaks. And, because visiting Disneyland without kids reminds parents how it feels to be a kid, rather than caring for kids. 

As for my husband and me, our Disney anniversary getaway provided exactly what we needed: connection, adventure, and fun. What could be more romantic than that?

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. My husband and I have talked about sneaking off to Disneyland without the kids before. I think it sound perfectly fun and feels liek you are getting away with something since you are sans kids.One of these days we will do it.

  2. Joan Grossfield says

    This one is my favorite. Without keeping the spark alive and doing things for each other, there IS no travel with the kids!! If only more couples could learn this! You could be responsible for alot of “Romance at Disneyland”!

  3. Debra @ A Frugal Friend says

    Went to WDW before having our daughter two times….one for an anniversary. Loved it. Disney is so different without kiddos and very romantic. 🙂

  4. Brook Marolla says

    My husband and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary in July. We went to Disneyland together when we were dating, for our honeymoon, and my birthday. We both love Disney everything (especially me). We recently decided to spend our anniversary in Disneyland as well, especially since we may be getting stationed further away (with him being in the Military). Doing anniversary research for Disneyland is how I came across your blog. Thanks for posting this, it gave me more of an idea of what our trip will be like!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Brook – Happy anniversary! I am sure you and your husband will have a wonderful and romantic time celebrating together at Disneyland!

  5. Doug and Darlene Deyo says

    Tomorrow morning we board our flight to Disneyland ! We are celebrating our 33rd anniversary there. Disneyland is our “happy place”, where we can be kids again, fall in love again and just have fun! Our favorite place to dine is The Blue Bayou. It is where we always share our anniversary meal. We have celebrated several anniversaries at Disneyland and hope for several more. We’ll be the big kids with the anniversary buttons on in the park Wednesday and Thursday. See you there!

  6. I miss traveling and especially Disneyland, but I’ve only been to Paris, how great it was to discover this and make me want to come!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I love Disneyland Paris, too! All the Disney parks are so fun, and each has its own feel and unique touches!

  7. Sipping cocktails at Tiki bar sounds like a genius idea! We visited Disney sometime back and looking at your wonderful post is giving me ideas to plan a trip again!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I love that tiki bar so much! Glad to provide some inspiration for a future Disneyland trip!

      • Ellen Lanin says

        We have been to Carmel and absolutely loved it. New Orleans was terrific, except I’d skip the river tour to see alligator eating a marshmallow. Disney by ourselves when we were about 70 years old was the best. The Disney people would ask what we were celebrating and we said it was visiting by ourselves for the first time since it let us decide what to see, do, and eat whatever we wanted.

        • Colleen Lanin says

          Ellen – Disneyland is so different but so magical at all life phases! How wonderful to see and do all you wanted without worrying about kids or grandkids!

  8. his brings back some great memories as we actually got married in the Disneyworld site so always a fun and magical place that is for sure

  9. This list of romantic things to do at Disneyland is amazing. Thank you for sharing. Disney is not only for fun, it can be a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary. great to know this.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      My husband and I were surprised by how romantic Disneyland felt when we went without kids! I suppose it’s a matter of perspective and what experiences you look for.

  10. Elizabeth O says

    I really love this! Everyone thinks that Disney is just for kids, but there are some lovely things to do for adults there. It’s a magical place for couples, too!

  11. I really wanna go to Disneyland someday. Being from Europe I’ve never been I just love to look at the photos for now haha

  12. Sara | mshealthesteem.com says

    Disneyland sounds like a fantastic place to visit with your partner! Thank you for sharing. I hope I get to go someday 🙂

  13. I love that Disney has something for everyone. This is an awesome list you have put together for couples.

  14. Ntensibe Edgar says

    Damn! I strongly believe we would! There’s so much more here than is advertised!

  15. Yudith Napitupulu says

    I always thought that Disneyland is for family only. This is sound perfect to visit Disneyland for valentine. sneaking of from kids. LOL

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